Manufacturer: Hyper X\r\nPricing: RRP $100 (NewEgg\/Amazon - United States Region) \/ RRP $150 (Online Average - Australian Region Pricing)\r\nAvailable from: Computer Parts Stores (See Kingston Where To Buy Page for full list)\r\nDisclosure: The Hyper X Savage 240Gb SSD was provided by Gap Marketing on behalf of Kingston\/Hyper X.\r\nI was warned about this. Other tech head people I know told me that once I got my hands on a Solid State Drive that I\u2019d never want to go back to using standard mechanical drives. I also should have known something like this would happen when I used the Solid State Hybrid Drive that I fell in love with in my last review.\r\nThose people were right, once you see the speed of a SSD, you see everything else as slower than a snail going uphill against the wind. I should also have known that with the Hyper X branding on this drive that I was in for something that was going to blow my expectations out of the water. Thus began my time with the Hyper X Savage SSD.\r\nAs usual, here are some techy words to make you feel like you know something:\r\nForm factor: 2.5"\r\nInterface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb\/s) \u2013 with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb\/s)\r\nController: Phison PS3110-S10\r\nPower Consumption: 0.39W Idle \/ 0.5W Avg \/ 1.4W (MAX) Read \/ 4.35W (MAX) Write\r\nStorage temperature: -40\u00b0C~85\u00b0C\r\nOperating temperature: 0\u00b0C~70\u00b0C\r\nDimensions: 100.0mm x 69.9mm x 7.0mm\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTest 1: USB3.0 External Drive\r\nI was only able to conduct this test because unlike a lot of other hard drive manufacturers, Hyper X loves to give you a whole bunch of extras so that what you buy can be used for every situation. In this case, you get a nice shiny external hard drive enclosure that allows you to turn it from a standard internal drive into an external portable drive.\r\nIt was really quite easy to do. You just plug the Hyper X Savage into the case, close thing case up and it\u2019s ready to go. It\u2019s powered by the USB3.0 cable that comes with the case and once the driver has installed and you have initialized the disc itself through the disc management system (Though this could just be me using Windows 7 or having the first review model) it\u2019s ready to go.\r\nThe speed at which the Hyper X Savage copies is amazing. Unlike most places that use benchmark programs to do it all in a flash, I use the files on my computer in the following amounts: 1.5Gb, 5Gb & 10Gb. With all of these files I noticed the speed would be either 90mb\/s with a maximum speed of 250mb\/s. This translates into a 1.5Gb file transferring in 5 seconds, 5Gb in 60 seconds, and 10Gb in 1.5 minutes. To be completely honest, this is about the same times that the SSHD I tested a few weeks ago did, which is weird since the speeds were faster than the SSHD. I\u2019m going to put this down to it using USB instead of direct SATA.\r\nTest 2: Storage Drive\r\nSecond test is basically removing one of the drives from my computer and replacing it with the Hyper X Savage SSD. This also gave me a chance to use the packed in 3.5\u201d mounting bracket. For those who don\u2019t understand that last bit, the Hyper X Savage SSD itself is a 2.5\u201d drive, usually seen in laptops and gaming consoles. 3.5\u201d drives are the brick looking ones you\u2019ll find in most desktop computers. The brackets in most desktop computers are made for 3.5\u201d drives, so a 2.5\u201d drive won\u2019t sit in those slots properly. Hyper X gives you a few extra pieces of metal to help fit the Hyper X Savage into the slots. Again, Hyper X gives you everything you\u2019ll ever need for any situation.\r\nAs for the actual testing, it was the same thing I did last time. I copied World of Warcraft onto the Hyper X Savage and timed the copy with a stopwatch. The time came in at 1 minute 5 seconds for 60Gb of data with a 300mb\/s top transfer speed. This is amazing speed and times, showing the true power of the Hyper X Savage SSD.\r\nFrom here I booted the game. On a mechanical drive the boot time is 25 seconds from pressing the \u201cPlay\u201c button to actually loading the game. With a SSHD it was 2 seconds. Guess what? With the Hyper X Savage SSD: Instant loading! Click Game Done! This is amazing. I also loaded the Hyper X Savage up to 80% capacity and tried again\u2026 No slow down at all. Click Game Done! So of course I know what needs to be done next.\r\nTest 3: Main OS Drive\r\nIf this test taught me anything it\u2019s that you need to do a bit of fiddling to get Windows 7 to work with a SSD. I was lucky enough that because I\u2019ve done most of the configurations with it as the Storage drive, but I recommend people look up some guides via Google if your system won\u2019t recognize the drive right away.\r\nOnce things got installed, I put the usual suspects back onto the system so I could continue working as usual. So World of Warcraft, Skype, Office, Ventrillo, Team Speak, etc. By the time I had everything installed the drive was very full, showing the limitation of having only 200Gb available after formatting and installing Windows 7.\r\nDoing a cold boot into Windows with the Hyper X Savage clocked in at 20 seconds, shaving 10 seconds off the SSHD boot time. This might not seem like much, but to someone who wants to get into things ASAP, this is a great thing.\r\nAt the end of the day, using a SSD like the Hyper X Savage is an amazing thing. The speeds in which it operates are something I never thought I would see in computers, it\u2019s seriously like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. However, the only issue I have with the Hyper X Savage is that the size of the drive I was provided with is way too small for my personal needs. If you can lower or prioritize how many programs you need on your main OS drive then the 240Gb is fine, though it\u2019s optimal with laptops in my opinion. Hyper X does have other sized drives available in its Savage line with a 960Gb being it\u2019s highest capacity; though you will be paying a premium price of easily USD$500\/AUD$700 for it.